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OMG! I DO have unsightly nail ridges!
Old 04-30-2021, 11:04 AM
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It's the curse of teaching from home. Daytime TV. I'm on a break and turned on the TV for a bit. A commercial for nail care played. The product is a stripped down Dremel tool to smooth out nails. They reference "unsightly nail ridges" and make them disappear. I looked at my own hands. I have five fingers with nail ridges. I never noticed them before but now that I have I cannot unsee it. I am so embarrassed that I immediately adjusted my laptop screen so there was no chance of displaying my hideousness to my students when they come to office hours this afternoon (hey, one COULD show up for a change).

I'm a bit paralyzed by the fact that it took so long for me to become aware of this. What else is there about me that is so physically off-putting? I remember back in the day I used to get so many complements on my eyelashes. Weirdest thing. I think they must've focused on them to avoid staring at my nails.

Still, no one has commented on them in decades. Maybe tomorrow's commercials will offer a solution.


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Old 04-30-2021, 12:28 PM
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I canít even figure out what nail ridges are. Now that Disneyland is reopening and our world is becoming more hopeful, do I need more mundane concerns? Like nail ridges?
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Old 04-30-2021, 12:33 PM
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I am also wondering what nail ridges are. But I'm certain I don't have them. And if I'm wrong, I don't need to know.
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Old 04-30-2021, 12:59 PM
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My nails are not completely smooth. Maybe they are ridges.
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Old 04-30-2021, 01:09 PM
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Yes, they showed the ridges as bumpy lines down the length of the nail


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Old 04-30-2021, 01:17 PM
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I always thought nail ridges were hereditary. My husband has them, and it feels weird to rub my finger over them. In the last few years, Iíve developed them too. So, now I have no idea what causes them.
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Old 04-30-2021, 01:23 PM
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I literally googled this the other day because I was noticing I have them.

There are a couple of causes: age, not moisturizing your nails (who knew that was a thing?), and washing your hands frequently.

Iíve been lotioning and using my buffer when I notice them. Yes, Iím vain.
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Old 04-30-2021, 01:58 PM
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All of my nails have been super ridgy my whole life. One reason manicures are not worth it to me when I have crap nails ro start with.
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Old 04-30-2021, 02:58 PM
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If you have had them, you know what they are! I have them on one toe. This toe has been through the wringer and I don't think will ever be the same.

I've read that sometimes it's cased by nutritional deficiencies.

If you're just discovering it, you're good! I'm sure your nails are perfectly sightly!
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Old 04-30-2021, 03:00 PM
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Oh! Thanks for explaining what those were, hifi. I googled them. I have a few nails with them. I think they're pretty They give a little texture Mine aren't as prominent as the pictures I saw, though.

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There are a couple of causes: age, not moisturizing your nails (who knew that was a thing?), and washing your hands frequently.
I guess I fit all of those things. I have an age, I don't moisturize my nails (and rarely moisturize my hands because I hate the feel of lotion of my hands- they get moisturized when I put moisturizer on the rest of me), and I wash my hands a lot.


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Old 04-30-2021, 04:03 PM
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I got my first one during the pandemic. Now Iím super aware of it. Iíll need to watch daytime TV to see the commercial.
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:41 PM
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I developed them when I went through chemotherapy but after a year they were gone and my nails returned to normal. I’d prefer nail ridges any day rather than the ugly and painful bunion that has taken over my previously lovely right foot.
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Old 05-01-2021, 04:46 AM
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I know this post is meant to be funny, and it is.

But I'm going to take a second for a PSA. Horizontal nail ridges can be habit tic deformity, which is a result of anxiety or OCD type touching of the nails.

For me, a while ago when I did some Googling about my nail ridges, it was one of many light bulb moments in realizing how much my anxiety was affecting my life and nudging me to talk to my doctor. Anxiety medicine has been amazing for me. I'm just putting this out there in case it helps anyone.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habi...ive%20disorder.
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